Date: August 1, 2020

Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Fri-Mon Aug 1 thru Sept 20

Location: 213 Main Street, Orleans, Massachusetts

Garvey Rita Art & Antiques is pleased to announce its opening exhibition featuring selected works by Eric Aho and Rick Fleury. The works reflect the beautiful qualities of light and space which make Cape Cod the very special place that it is.


Corn Hill Beach, Oil on Linen by Eric Aho, 8″ x 10″ 2008

Eric Aho is an American painter known for his gestural, abstracted paintings that evoke natural forms. While Aho works from his impressions of the landscape, he also draws upon major pillars of art history—such as works by De Kooning and Goya—to define his compositions. Aho studied at the Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, England and received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. In 1989 he participated in the first exchange of scholars in over thirty years between the U.S. and Cuba. He completed his graduate work at the Lahti Art Institute in Finland supported by a Fulbright Fellowship in 1991-92 and an American-Scandinavian Foundation grant in 1993. Recent solo exhibitions include Eric Aho at the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT (2016); Eric Aho: Ice Cuts at the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH (2016); Eric Aho: In the Landscape at the Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC (2013); and Transcending Nature: Paintings by Eric Aho at the Currier Museum of Art, New Hampshire (2012). Other exhibitions have taken place at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire; Portland Art Museum, Maine; Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Maine; National Academy, New York; and American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Tufts University Art Collection, Medford, MA; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH among others. Aho’s paintings have also been shown internationally in Ireland, South Africa, Cuba, Norway, and Finland, among others. Eric Aho was elected National Academician of the National Academy Museum in 2009. He lives and works in Saxtons River, Vermont.

Daydream, Oil on Canvas by Rick Fleury, 30″ x 40″ 2018

Rick Fleury’s minimalist, contemporary style of landscape is widely associated with Cape Cod and coastal New England, with growing recognition nationally and internationally. He has used his work as a platform to speak on the issues of conservation, preservation and environmental awareness. He is an Artist Member of Boston’s Copley Society of Art, the oldest art association in the United States. His work has been selected for numerous juried and invitational exhibitions with Copley, and a near-sellout solo exhibition in 2008. The artist was honored with a solo exhibition at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in 2006. He was later included in An Exhibition from the Permanent Collection at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and in recent invitational exhibitions at the Cahoon Museum of American Art, The Cotuit Center for the Arts, The Harvard Club of Boston, the Boston International Fine Art Show, Art & Design 20/21, Boston and the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. His work is in the permanent collections of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Cahoon Museum of American Art, Dana-Farber / Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Cape Cod Healthcare/Cape Cod Hospital, Bessemer Trust Company, N.A., Ritz-Carlton Luxury Hotels, John Hancock, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, and other corporate and private collections worldwide. He teaches at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum Museum School, Creative Arts Center, Chatham, the Copley Society of Art, Boston, and at his studio. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, and has pursued post-graduate studies at New York University.